OVER the weekend, parkrun celebrated eight years of free, fun, and friendly cardio activity in Shepparton.
Run weekly by volunteers, parkrun is a community event held around the world. The Shepparton parkrun group meet on Saturday mornings at 8am to walk, run, volunteer or to spectate the event.
Local athlete Mathieu Ryan has participated in Shepparton’s parkrun since 2014. He said that the greatest benefit of the group is that people of all abilities and fitness levels can gain confidence working on their cardio.
“I’ve been attending the weekly parkrun more recently with my son, and it is a great way to be active and social with family and friends. Because parkrun is social, not competitive, it is a great way to meet new people or reach new goals, or to keep kids away from the screen,” said Mathieu.
Research has shown that individuals are more likely to stick to their health and fitness goals by joining a community that keeps them accountable and makes movement fun. Going into the new year, it is wise to take advantage of the free and low-cost fitness opportunities happening in and around Greater Shepparton.
parkrun has no time limit, there is a volunteer whose sole responsibility is to come last, so no one participant comes last, and every week the group finishes up with a coffee. The event takes place every Saturday at Victoria Park Lake. To register as a participant for free or to learn more, visit www.parkrun.com.au/shepparton